It's no big secret that I really love cream eyeshadows and have a rather extensive collection. So, when Bourjois, one of my favourite budget brands, sent me two of their new Colour Edition 24 Hour Cream Eyeshadows* (RRP €8.99) I was intrigued, excited and a bit apprehensive. Could they be better than my beloved Maybelline Colour Tattoos? What about the industry favourite MAC Paint Pots? With a certain amount of trepidation (You'd swear it was a matter of life and death!), I set out to see if they were up to scratch.
The Bourjois Cream Eyeshadows have a cream-to-powder formulation. On the one hand, this is good, especially if you need a quick, one-product eye that will stay put. On the other hand, I generally prefer a cream eyeshadow to be just that, a cream product. I like the finish to be tacky in order to really grab onto powder products and hold them in place.
I have seen on some other blogs that the names on the pots don't match up with the names shown by retailers so, in case of confusion, I won't name them. However, above is shade 01, a pale, super shimmery silver and shade 03, a rose-bronze with beautiful metallic blue-ish undertones. Both are incredibly wearable and have insane pigmentation; honestly, these outperform some of the MAC Paint Pots I have and definitely the Chanel Illsuion d'Ombres! I find it best to apply these with my fingers, using my body heat to make them more malleable, and then blend out the edges using a fluffy brush.
I suppose, ultimately, I like cream eyeshadows to be multi-purpose. I like them to work as both eye colours and bases i.e. the Maybelline Colour Tattoos. However, there is something inherently special about this offering from Bourjois. The depth of the colours combined with the very fine, densely packed shimmer gives these eyeshadows an almost magical quality. For the price, I would highly recommend checking them out. They may not be as multi-purpose as I like but, the are damn good being single purpose! I will do a make-up post soon showing how these look on the eye.